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Shadows, 1978-79 © Courtesy of Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Shadows

Independence Ave. @ Seventh St. SW
20013-7012 Washington
DC
US
September 25th, 2011 - January 15th, 2012
Opening: September 25th, 2011 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://hirshhorn.si.edu
COUNTRY:  
United States
EMAIL:  
hmsginquiries@si.edu
PHONE:  
202-633-1000
OPEN HOURS:  
Daily 10-5:30 (except Dec 25); Plaza open 7:30-5:30

DESCRIPTION

Andy Warhol (American, b. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1928–1987) is best known for appropriations of images from popular culture—advertisements, mass media photographs, and celebrity portraits—that challenged the conventional definitions and subjects of art. Created in the last decade of Warhol’s life, Shadows, 1978 comprises 102 silkscreened and hand-painted canvases featuring distorted photographs of shadows generated in the artist’s studio. The forms, set against brightly colored matte grounds, at once suggest and mock the bravura brushwork of the Abstract Expressionists. Moreover, the monumental scale of the paintings contradicts the banality of their subject matter, while the repetitive forms and silkscreen process undermine the notion of a unique artwork.  

 

First exhibited in 1979, Shadows was rarely seen as a complete group until it went on view at Dia in 1998.  At the Hirshhorn, the paintings, which are always installed edge-to-edge, will extend uninterrupted for almost 450 linear feet around the Museum’s distinctive curved galleries, emphasizing the cinematic quality of the work and providing a unique opportunity to see the work in its entirety.

 

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